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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto Apps
While attempting to drag a new application to my dock, my clumsy mouse movement mistakenly dropped the application icon on top of my docked iPhoto icon instead. I watched with surprise as iPhoto proceeded to launch and scan the application bundle for graphic components, and then successfully import them into its database! Icons, welcome screens. logos, custom interface gadgets and help screens all rapidly imported without a hitch.

At the end of the import, a status window pops up to indicate the number of files not able to be imported (the non-graphic bits), leading me to surmise that this might be an undocumented and perhaps unintended feature. Although not a particularly practical hint, it's an easy way to scan for useful or arcane graphic bits embedded in your programs. Maybe useful for software reviewers?

Discovered with iPhoto v5; I know it doesn't work with v2, but perhaps someone can test iPhoto v4 in a followup (don't have it here).

[robg adds: This is a pretty easy way to find all the graphics in an application bundle, and it even sorts them into albums based on the containing folder name. The dates on the album weren't today's date, though -- it's either the created or modified date of the application (they were the same for the applications I tested this with).]
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Authored by: poppagoth on May 19, '05 12:04:48PM

Okay...I tried this out with a random app...the Chess app that comes with OS X...and found what I think is an interesting picture. I don't believe this actually shows up in the game anyplace.



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Authored by: jasont on May 19, '05 08:47:40PM

awww...but some of us still like easter.



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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: tgm on May 19, '05 12:19:38PM

I think this makes sense because applications are basicly folders and dragging folders to iPhoto (or iTunes) actually is an intented feature.



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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: Laqua on May 19, '05 02:17:32PM

I tried it with Chess and several others but Iphoto 4 does not have the ability apparently.

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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: azxplorer on May 19, '05 02:43:40PM

Wow, This is pretty amazing.
Just playing around I did it with GarageBand. iPhoto imported over 800 graphic images.

Azx



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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: BobofBobs on May 19, '05 04:04:05PM

Well, I never got it to work by dragging to the dokc, but dragging to the library did work. Itunes 4.8, iPhoto 4.



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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: tost on May 20, '05 02:23:10AM

!!!
i tried dropping chess on iphoto 2 (os x 10.3.9)
all my photos disappeared in iTunes (still on my HD, oof)
all libraries are gone, there's only 3 folders 'Photo Library', 'Last Import' and 'Trash' left.
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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: neuerburg on May 20, '05 05:14:54AM

Even better use; Drop a Pages of a Keynote document in iPhoto and retreive all the images inside.



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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: atFault on May 20, '05 10:21:43AM

Has anyone dropped iPhoto into iPhoto? Hmm, I'd like to try it, but I'm worried it might consume itself. :-)

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Extract graphics from application bundles with iPhoto
Authored by: ClairDC on May 20, '05 07:20:14PM

If you drop a file on an Application while holding down the "command" and "Option" keys that forces the Application to attempt to open that file. Drop an Application onto "Preview" with the Command+Option and it will open all the graphic files in that App and from "Preview" you can do a save as and convert the ones you want to another format. This way you dont' have to import all those files into iPhoto and then delete all the ones you don't want.



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